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I have printer which is connected to computer with Windows XP, and I want to print my documents from laptop which has Windows 7.

EDIT: I have already allowed sharing from Windows XP but when I click find printer on my laptop it says the active domain services is currently unavailable and I don't see printer under "network" tab.

EDIT2: My laptop doesn't see Windows XP computer at all.

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Has your laptop at some point in the past been a part of a domain? Maybe at work? – Majenko Apr 15 '11 at 17:43
@Matt Jenkins no – Templar Apr 15 '11 at 17:52
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Have you tried seeing if the printer itself is being recognized by Windows 7? In any case, you might want to run this and see if it's helpful:

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On the XP PC, select the printer (Start, Printers) right click it and choose sharing. On the new dialogue box, Click the "Sharing" tab. Click the radio button labelled "Share this printer", click "OK".

On the windows 7 PC, select the "network" in windows explorer and ensure the printer now appears there.

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It doesn't appear under "network" – Templar Apr 15 '11 at 17:08

ensure that the xp machine's firewall is either off or set to allow print sharing.

On each computer, bring up a command prompt (start->run->type "cmd.exe")

type net config workstation and make a note of the domain and computer name displayed.

if the domains listed do not match, you should make them match.

next type net view COMPUTERNAME (where computername = the name you found above) on the windows xp machine using the computer name of the xp machine, and ensure that the shared printer is listed.

if the domain listed for each machine is the same, type net view COMPUTERNAME on the laptop using the XP MACHINE's computer name and look for the printer share.

If the laptop can see the shares on the xp machine, add a new LOCAL printer with new local port int he form \\computername\printersharename where printersharename=printer share as listed in the net view computername step above

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What if laptop can't see shares – Templar Apr 16 '11 at 18:22
if the firewall is on or they are on 2 different workgroups, then they won't/might not see each other. Also, check in windows7 that the network is not "public" but rather "home" or "work" – horatio Apr 19 '11 at 13:43

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